Credentials

ABV Overview

The Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential is granted exclusively by the AICPA to CPAs and qualified finance professionals. The ABV credential gives valuation professionals an edge and sets them apart from others by arming them with the tools and resources needed to provide the best service to their clients and employers.

Requirements

You will need the following:

  • Maintain regular, honorary or associate AICPA membership in good standing
  • Hold a valid and unrevoked CPA license or certificate issued by a legally constituted state authority or hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and complete the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and Standards Education for Finance Professionals course
  • Pass the ABV Examination (requirement waived for AM and ASA credential holders of the American Society of Appraisers, CFA credential holders of the CFA Institute and CBV credential holders of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators).
  • Upon successfully passing the ABV Examination, complete the ABV Credential Application online. Applicants must attest to meeting the minimum Business Experience and Education requirements and pay the appropriate credential fee.

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Pathway to the ABV Credential

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ABV Exam

Passing the ABV Examination is a required step toward obtaining the credential. The ABV Exam is a computer-based, two-part exam which is offered year-round. You may take the exam in-person at a testing center or online in a remotely-proctored environment. There are 90 multiple-choice questions per exam module

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Benefits

The ABV credential positions you as a premier valuation service provider, promotes a greater level of confidence for current and potential clients and can offer greater revenue opportunities. In addition, you can enjoy the many benefits of FVS Section membership.

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Dues

Our membership year runs Aug. 1 through July 31. Your initial dues will be prorated based on the month you join. Renewal payments are due each year by July 31 and the first renewal notice is sent in June. If you joined in May, June or July, your first renewal invoice will be sent the following year.

For more information on annual dues renewal pricing, visit our annual dues page.

CFF Overview

The Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Credential positions forensic accounting professionals for increased demand in one of the fastest-growing specialty areas for CPAs. To become a CFF Credential holder, the CFF Roadmap serves as a step-by-step guide illustrating how a CPA, at any level of expertise, can utilize the resources provided to FVS Section members to embark on the journey of obtaining the AICPA's CPA-exclusive forensic accounting credential.

Requirements

Eligibility: You will need the following:

  • Hold a valid and unrevoked CPA license or certificate issued by a legally constituted state authority.
  • Pass the CFF examination. The CFF Exam Content Specification Outline (CSO) includes details of subject areas covered on the exam.
  • Upon successfully passing the CFF Examination, complete the CFF Credential Application online. Applicants must attest to meeting the minimum Business Experience and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and pay the appropriate credential fee.

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Pathway to the CFF Credential

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Exam

Passing the CFF Exam is a required step toward the credential.
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Benefits

The CFF Credential positions you to be experts in your field and can offer greater revenue opportunities. In addition, you enjoy the many benefits of FVS Section membership.  See all CFF benefits >>

Dues

Our membership year runs Aug. 1 through July 31. Your initial dues will be prorated based on the month you join. Renewal payments are due each year by July 31 and the first renewal notice is sent in June. If you joined in May, June or July, your first renewal invoice will be sent the following year.

For more information on annual dues renewal pricing, visit our annual dues page.

CPA/PFS Overview

The Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) credential allows CPAs to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in personal financial planning. Whether a CPA specializes in personal financial planning with their clients or interacts with other financial planning professionals, the CPA/PFS credential adds credibility. CPA/PFS credential holders have a specific experience, education and examination requirement that sets them apart from other CPAs and financial planners.

Requirements

Eligibility: You will need the following:

  • Hold a valid and active CPA license and be a regular member of the AICPA.
  • Earn a minimum of 75 hours of PFP continuing professional development (CPD) within the 5 years preceding your PFS application.
  • Within the 5 years preceding the PFS application you have completed 2 years of full-time business or teaching experience (or 3,000 hours equivalent) in personal financial planning or, for candidates in academia, a qualified credential holder should be a full-time professor and have taught at least 4 accredited college courses with 50% of their material included in the CPA/PFS Body of Knowledge.
  • Pass the PFS Exam.

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Pathway to the CPA/PFS Credential

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Exam

Passing the CPA/PFS Exam is a required step toward obtaining the credential.

  • passing the comprehensive CPA/PFS exam, or
  • completing all 5 PFP certificate exams.

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Benefits

In addition, to the prestige that comes along with obtaining this credential you will also have access to valuable tools and resources such as:

  • The CPA/PFS Marketing/Media Toolkit
  • Listed in the CPA/PFS referral database
  • PFP Section membership and more

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Dues

Our membership year runs Aug. 1 through July 31. Your initial dues will be prorated based on the month you join. Renewal payments are due each year by July 31 and the first renewal notice is sent in June. If you joined in May, June or July, your first renewal invoice will be sent the following year.

For more information on annual dues renewal pricing, visit our annual dues page.

CITP Overview

The Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) credential acknowledges the CPA professional who has received additional training in the areas of Emerging Trends, Security and Privacy, Business Solutions, IT Assurance and Risk and Data Analytics.

Requirements

Eligibility: You will need the following:

  • Be a member of the AICPA in good standing.
  • Hold a valid and unrevoked CPA license or certificate issued by a legally constituted state authority.
  • Pass the CITP examination. The CITP Exam Content Specification Outline (CSO) includes details of subject areas covered on the exam.

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CITP Credential Pathway

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Exam

Passing the CITP Exam is a required step toward the credential.
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Benefits

As a CITP your image will be enhanced and you will increase your opportunity and expertise in your field. You will have access to exclusive items such as:

  • The CITP Marketing Toolkit
  • CPA Practice Advisor magazine. 
  • IMTA section membership
  • As well access to AICPA member benefits.

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Dues

Our membership year runs Aug. 1 through July 31. Your initial dues will be prorated based on the month you join. Renewal payments are due each year by July 31 and the first renewal notice is sent in June. If you joined in May, June or July, your first renewal invoice will be sent the following year.

For more information on annual dues renewal pricing, visit our annual dues page.

CEIV™ Overview

With a proven track record of leadership in the full accounting ecosystem - from financial reporting to the audit, we recognize the need for increased competence and improved quality, consistency and transparency in the performance of fair value measurements.

As a result, we've introduced the Certified in Entity and Intangible Valuations™ (CEIV) credential for CPAs and Finance Professionals who perform fair value measurements for entities and intangible assets for financial reporting purposes. This includes performing purchase price allocations for business combinations, testing goodwill and other long-lived assets for impairment, estimating the fair value of intangible assets such as customer relationships, patents and more. Download the printable brochure for an overview.

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Benefits

The CEIV credential positions you as an expert in your field and is a powerful way of telling peers, clients and the world that you’re a consistent, reliable, transparent and trusted partner and practitioner in entity and intangible asset valuations. By obtaining the CEIV credential, you will demonstrate your commitment to enhancing audit quality and consistency and transparency in fair value measurements. In addition, you’ll enjoy valuable resources and information as well as the many benefits of AICPA membership.
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CEIV Credential Pathways

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Whether you're a CPA or a finance professional, you will be able to qualify for the CEIV credential. Learn more about the requirements, exams and fees and apply. Learn more about the pathway >

Mandatory Performance Framework

The Mandatory Performance Framework is a practical non-authoritative framework that defines ‘how much’ work is necessary to provide supportable and auditable fair value measurements for financial reporting. The Framework is designed to enhance consistency and transparency in the performance of fair value measurements, to the benefit of the public interest. CEIV credential holders will be required to comply with the Mandatory Performance Framework.
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Quality Monitoring

All CEIV credential holders will be required to submit to an annual, proactive engagement level Quality Monitoring Program. The goal of the Quality Monitoring Program is to provide confidence to markets and regulators that CEIV credential holders are performing high quality valuations in compliance with the Mandatory Performance Framework.
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Maintenance of the Credential

To maintain the CEIV credential, credential holders must pay an annual credential fee of $600 and must comply with the following requirements:

  • Maintain membership in good standing with the AICPA.
  • Perform 1,500 hours of fair value measurement-related experience every rolling five-year period.
  • Complete mandatory 8-hour fair value measurement update annually PLUS 40 hours of fair value measurement-related education every rolling five-year period.
  • Comply with Mandatory Performance Framework.
  • Submit to ongoing Quality Monitoring process.

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